Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Sharks-Rays

Sharks and Rays

FWRI recognizes the importance of sharks and rays in Florida’s marine ecosystems. These species are critical components within complex marine and estuarine food webs. The Institute provides data, general knowledge and scientific information about sharks and rays that live in Florida waters, as well as links to additional information and groups that conduct shark research.



Shark Attacks

Shark attacks occur in the state of Florida and worldwide. Read about current and historical statistics on shark attacks, relative risks, and prevention.

Shark Fisheries

The shark fishery in the state of Florida has increased since the mid-1980s. Over three million pounds of shark were landed in 2003. Learn about the shark fishery and regulations on shark fishing.

Species Profiles: Sharks

Learn about several common species of sharks found in Florida waters.

Species Profiles: Rays

Learn about several common species of rays found in Florida waters.


FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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